For those of you around the United States and worldwide who may not be aware of this truly Amazing Race...here's the story:
On September 11th, FDNY firefighter Stephen Siller had just gotten off the late shift at Squad 1, Park Slope, Brooklyn. He was on his way to play golf with his brothers on that bright clear day when his scanner told of the first plane hitting the Twin Towers. When he heard the news, he called his wife Sally to tell her he would be late because he had to help those in need. He returned to Squad 1 to get his gear, then took his final heroic steps to the World Trade Center. When Stephen drove his truck to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, it was already closed to traffic . With sixty pounds of gear strapped to his back, he ran through the Tunnel, hoping to meet up with his own company, Squad 1.
With SIXTY pounds of gear he ran through the tunnel...
...and although there were many New Yorkers who became Heroes that day, many people from many different areas in fact, this man's journey speaks to the core of who us New Yorkers strive to be; one who would lay down his life to serve those in need.
As a Native New Yorker, I can tell you that it is still heart-wrenching to think of that feat and this Run reminds us each year of what really matters. I was reading people on Twitter yesterday saying things like, "I will not make it through this run without crying."
I think that's okay.
Photo courtesy of: newyork.cbslocal.com